Temples with less income in Chennai to allow devotees from Aug 10

Tamil Nadu government today granted permission to allow devotees inside small places of worship within Corporation limits from August 10.

According to a statement from Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Temples, Mosques and Churches with annual income of less than Rs 10,000 can be opened. Standard operating proceedures should be followed inside the temple premises.

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Tamil Nadu government on Saturday said all the worship places falling under corporation or civic body limits in cities and earning less than Rs 10,000 per annum can re-open starting August 10.

It said that all places of worship falling under corporation or civic body limits in cities, earning less than Rs.10,000 per annum can re-open starting August 10.
Prior to this, the following rule was only applicable in non-urban areas.

For the first time after the coronavirus-induced lockdown came into effect in the last week of March, temples in village areas of Tamil Nadu started allowing devotees from 1 July, by following strict rules issued by the government.

The rules include prohibition for physical offerings like prasadam, distribution or sprinkling of holy water to be allowed inside the religious place. Offerings such as coconut, fruits and flowers shall not be allowed. During poojas and abishekam, the public must not be allowed to sit inside and witness the event, the SOP said.